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Grand Forks, ND

SPED 562: Supports Across the Lifespan
(2 credit hours, graduate)

Instructor: Shannon Grave, M.Ed.

Fall and Spring Semesters

University of North Dakota

Enrollment very limited.

This course is the third of 6 interdisciplinary courses focusing on autistic spectrum disorders offered by the University of North Dakota. Its central purpose is threefold: (a) to provide current information related to the chronic stressors experienced by caregivers for and family members of persons with ASD, (b) to provide current information regarding career/vocational options as related to transition from high school through adult life (e.g., young adults, middle-aged adults, and older adults), and (c) to provide current information regarding legal issues related to the provision of lifelong supports for persons with ASD. (Prerequisites are SPED 560 Introduction to Autistic Spectrum Disorder and SPED 561 Methods for Autistic Spectrum Disorder.)

Topics to include:

A Lifespan Approach
Chronic Stressors Experienced by Family and Caregivers
Chronic Stressor Coping Strategies
Family Empowerment
Adult Living Options/Programs
Legal Issues and Concerns
Social Policy and Its Ongoing Influence

Potential participants:

General and special educators, speech and language pathologists, occupational therapists, physical therapists, physicians, nurses, social workers, parents, and others

Required technology:

Computer (Windows XP or Mac OS X or higher) with web access, real-internet access, and e-mail

Course delivery method:

Persons who enroll in this course will, on a weekly basis, view assigned 90-minute class lectures via the internet, read assigned reading(s), participate in a 75-minute live chat session, and participate in threaded discussions on related topics. (The Instructor will schedule chat sessions during the first week of class. Every effort will be made to schedule chat sessions around students' work schedules.)

Course assignments:

Students are required to attend 75-minute chat session once a week and to participate in discussion threads on topics posted by the instructor throughout the semester. In addition, the course requires three projects.

Course registration deadline:


Projected cost:


To register:

Click here for registration information.

For additional information:

Should you wish more information about this course, please email Shannon Grave (


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